Aizawl: Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla on Friday inaugurated Institute of Bioresources & Sustainable Development (IBSD) in the presence of IBSD director Prof. Dinabandhu Sahoo in Aizawl. This is the fourth IBSD office in the region after Meghalaya, Sikkim and Manipur.
IBSD is a National Institute under Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. The mandate of IBSD is to bring socio-economic development of the North East Region of India through sustainable utilisation of bioresources.
This year IBSD made big strides in new Research and Development Programmes, consolidated its entry into the state of Mizoram, besides already having established its activities in Manipur, Meghalaya and Sikkim.
Inaugurating the state-of-the-art facilities, chief minister Lal Thanhawla expressed happiness for the opening of IBSD in Mizoram and said that IBSD has already taken several initiatives in North East and now its presence here will bring a lot of prosperity and development to the state of Mizoram which will boost the bio-economy in the region.
He expressed hope that the invaluable works of researchers at IBSD will bring further development for not only to Mizoram but to the entire country.
Citing that Mizoram is a biodiversity hotspot, the chief minister highlighted the importance of exploring the resources and utilize them for the development of the state.
He added that measure is being underway for the establishment of Regional Research Institute for medical plants in Mizoram.
Prof Dinabandhu Sahoo, while addressing the gathering, said that presence of IBSD will bring together different departments, institutes and universities which will create a biotech hub in the region through technological interventions and develop technological packages. It will undertake human resources development for sustainable utilization of bio-resources for the creation of jobs and economic development of the State of Mizoram.
With the establishment of IBSD Mizoram, the outreach activities in Mizoram to start with would be centred around sustainable technologies for the protected and open cultivation of important vegetable crops in farmers fields and IBSD Main Hub Mizoram.
Prof. Sahho added that Mizoram has a huge potential to become a biotech hub in the country due to its rich biodiversity, climatic conditions and good air connectivity.
IBSD will focus on value addition to Bamboo and other crops unique to Mizoram. It may be mentioned that IBSD has been promoting cherry blossom (Sakura) initiative in North East and organised India’s First Cherry Blossom Festival in North East in 2016.
Among others, the objectives of IBSD include the establishment of pilot protected cultivation facilities for production of high quality horticultural, agricultural and ornamental crops in Mizoram along with open field demonstration of innovative technologies for the production of French bean, Birds Eye Chilli, Sticky pumpkin in open conditions at farmers’ level in the state.
The units will serve as nucleus facility that would finally culminate into Centre of Excellence for protected cultivation.
Apart from commercial value, it will also provide training on production, post-harvest management and marketing to the farmers and unemployed youth, according to Prof. Sahoo.